The Epoch Times: US Hits Wikileaks Founder Assange With 18-Count Indictment

If Assange is guilty, he’s guilty, but I suspect this is more about the embarrassment of the leak than the leak itself, and a warning to any other independent journalist that the US government will come after you.

The Justice Department leveled an 18-count superseding indictment against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on May 23.

The new charges include conspiring with former army intelligence officer Chelsea Manning to obtain classified materials, compromising sources in the Middle East and China, and conspiracy to hack into a more secure military database.

Manning provided to Assange and WikiLeaks databases containing approximately 90,000 Afghanistan War-related significant activity reports, 400,000 Iraq War-related significant activities reports, 800 Guantanamo Bay detainee assessment briefs, and 250,000 U.S. Department of State cables.

Source: US Hits Wikileaks Founder Assange With 18-Count Indictment

Quillette: At Australian Ballot Boxes, the Left’s Empathy Deficit Came Home to Roost

Long story short: Trump isn’t just an American phenomena. At the Australian ballot, and all throughout the Anglosphere and Western Society in general, there’s a revolt against policies pushed by the left wing.

The Australian Trump? Not likely, but someone friendlier to the United States.

The result of Saturday’s federal election in Australia is being treated as the most staggering political shocker in my country since World War II. Scott Morrison, leading the Liberal Party, looks to have won a majority government—a result that defies three years of opinion polling, bookie’s odds and media commentary.

In the aftermath, analysts on both sides are trying to explain what went wrong for the centre-left Australian Labor Party, and what went right for the centre-right Liberals. Some attribute the result to Morrison’s personal likeability, and his successful targeting of the “quiet Australian” demographic—the silent majority whose members feel they rarely have a voice, except at the ballot box. Others cast the result as Australia’s Hilary-Clinton moment: Bill Shorten, who resigned following Saturday’s loss, was, like Clinton, an unpopular political insider who generated little enthusiasm among his party’s traditional constituencies. In 2010 and again in 2013, he roiled the Labor Party by supporting two separate internal coups, machinations that cast him as a self-promoter instead of a team player.

Source: At Australian Ballot Boxes, the Left’s Empathy Deficit Came Home to Roost – Quillette

North Korea More Bark Than Bite

North Korea comes off as the comedic villain in Team America. Exhibit A: this recent statement from North Korea.

In the case of our super-mighty preemptive strike being launched, it will completely and immediately wipe out not only U.S. imperialists’ invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas but the U.S. mainland and reduce them to ashes. (Source)

Don’t get me wrong, North Korea is a threat. It’s not a huge threat, but provided China didn’t interfere, the US military could sever the head of that snake rather easily.

The big question is and always will be, what will China do?

Personally, China needs to do this themselves. North Korea exists at the good graces of China. China prevented a North Korean loss during the Korean War, and has kept the regime from collapsing for decades. It really is China’s mess to clean up.